A Twist Out Tragedy

Ok, so my post title is a bit… much… but keep reading (or scroll down really quick, as long as you promise to start back at the beginning *insert motherly scolding face*) and it’ll make sense.

I’ve learned the hard way that after wearing my in a puff, I must, must, must soften up my hair really well if I have any hopes of walking out of my bathroom without a palm full of tangled hair. I started off by misting my hair with water + glycerin (60%/40%) to loosen my strands and then started finger combing to remove shed hair.


Hair fully misted, I applied Organix Vitamin E Conditioner (paying specially attention to my ends — the oldest and driest parts of my hair) and twisted my hair into chunky twists, finger combing section by section.



Once I’d thoroughly finger combed through and removed shed hair, I covered my hair with a plastic cap and my Hot Head conditioning cap. I pre-pooed for 30 minutes and then shampooed with Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo, rinsed my hair clean, then deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque for an hour.


I had completely forgotten I even had this conditioner. I think I’ve used it maybe once or twice before, but every time I use it I can’t get over how overpowering its fragrance is.

After rinsing the conditioner from my hair, I wrapped my hair in a t-shirt for 15 minutes before applying my leave-ins: Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk + Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie.


With my hair all twisted, I hopped in bed and let it air dry overnight.

Before twisting each section, I detangled with my seamless Hercules Sagemann 5580 comb

The next morning I unwound the twists and I was happy. ?

I was elated. ?

And I may have shimmied. ??

But after I ever so patiently separated the sections… I cried silent and invisible tears. ? Where did my lovely twist out go? Why did it abandon me?

I ended up just pulling my hair up ?


Le. sigh.

img_4981P.S. Hi Maryann, here’s the amount of hair I shed after finger coming before pre-pooing, and detangling while twisting. This is what I normally lose on wash days.

P.S.S. My hair hasn’t been retaining moisture the way it normally does so I know to things need to happen a.s.a.p: (1) change the filter in my Culligan Filtered Showerhead that I purchased on Amazon — because it’s been 6 months since I last changed it and the hard water I have in my home is undoubtedly causing mineral build up. And (2) shampoo with my long-time fave chelating shampoo Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo to remove mineral (and product) build up.

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  1. Hello Jen, May i suggest that you begin with a three strand braid at the root of your hair before separating into 2 strands for the twist? This is done so that when you unravel the twist and the braid at the root your hair would separate more easily and stay defined so that you don’t have to mess up the definition. I hope this was helpful.

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      Thank you for the tip Annette! I will definitely give 3 strands a try the next time I do a twist out.

  2. Hi Jen,
    I would’ve been 3 years post relaxer and just ending my transition if I hadnt chopped last Dec.
    Transitioning was easy but I wanted new hair for the new year! I’m loving my natural hair.
    I’ve never tried the smoothie but I think I read somewhere that a little goes a long way and that it doesnt always work well with other stylers.
    Love your blog!

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      Transitioning for nearly 3 years is a feat, congrats on big chopping! A little definitely goes a long way. I’m going to have this jar for a while.

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      Thank you! Filters really do make a difference, I couldn’t imagine not having mine.

  3. Its not nice when you are looking forward to a nice twist-out and something completely different comes out. At least you managed to save the day 🙂

  4. Too bad about this week’s twist out. But the high puff tho! If you didn’t say it was a salvage, we’d never know.

  5. The way you feel about that SM’s product’s fragrance is how I feel about the 10 in 1 Renewal conditioner. It’s just too perfumey for me. I like the results but I can get just as good with other DCs that don’t smell as strong. I’m currently using TRUE by made beautiful DC. I love love love this and love the smell too. It’s more fruity than floral.

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      Sometimes I wish hair care companies created unscented products but consumers are drawn to fragrances so I doubt that’ll happen. The 10 in 1 conditioner is really perfumey. I’m just glad it’s not quite as strong as this conditioner.

  6. Twist out failure but HELLO GLORIOUS HIGH PUFF!!!!! While I’m over here trying to get my puff to SLAY like this—it happens to you by accident.
    Hangs head

    Ha-ha! Silliness aside…I’m sure that you’ll get your twist out mojo back next week!
    KLP @ http://www.savingourstrands.com

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      Lol! Staahhpp. All I do is high puff, I love all the low manipulation, flawless styles you’ve been doing!

  7. This always happens to me when I use Shea Moisture products. 🙁

    1. Author

      Aww oh no. What are your staple stylers?

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